Mads Bech Soresen has signed a new long-term contract with Brentford ahead of joining Sky Bet League One side AFC Wimbledon on loan until the end of the season. The central defender, who turned 21 on Tuesday, is now contracted at Griffin Park until the summer of 2023, with the option of a further year.
Mads joined Brentford B in the summer of 2017 from AC Horsens and was first called up to the First Team squad that September for our trip to Middlesbrough. He was included in four more matchday squads during the 2017/18 campaign before making his Brentford debut at the start of last season in an EFL Cup tie at Southend United. Shortly after that game, Mads was officially promoted to the First Team group at Jersey Road.
After playing against Barnet in February’s Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round Replay victory, Mads enjoyed an extended run in our Sky Bet Championship side towards the end of last season. His second-tier debut came the following month at Middlesbrough as we ended an 81-year wait for a win on Teesside. He would then go on to play a further seven times, six of those from the start, with three clean sheets, before the end of the season.
Our seven-goal victory over Luton Town in November saw Mads make his first appearance of this season after injury delayed his start to the campaign. Saturday’s 1-0 Emirates FA Cup win over Stoke City was Mads’ 12th appearance in all competitions for The Bees and his final one ahead of linking up with Brentford teammate Marcus Forss at AFC Wimbledon.
Brentford FC co-Director of Football Phil Giles: "We are very pleased that Mads has committed to the Club for the long term and, just as importantly, has made an important decision to get regular game time for the rest of the season. Marcus Forss has done very well at Wimbledon and we are sure that Mads will make a similar impression. We look forward to seeing Mads help Wimbledon to have a successful second half to the season."
Brentford FC Head Coach Thomas Frank: “It is great news that Mads has extended his contract. We have a big belief that he can be a very good centre back for us in the future. He is a player that fits our squad well, being left footed and able to play good long and short passes. He has also continued to develop his physicality to deal with the battles with strikers that you get in the Championship.
“Mads is a prime example of how we want to develop young players when they come in to the Club. He started out with the B Team and had a good year with them. The B Team staff did everything they could to make him ready to play First Team football and train with us every day and when he stepped up he did very well. He got a chance to start a run of games last Spring and got better and better.
“He has an unbelievable mentality and a top attitude. He wants to learn and get better every day. That is one of the reasons we think he will develop further and that is why we are happy that he has secured a good loan move.
“Mads is a little behind our other centre backs at the moment and the best thing for him is to get opportunities to play competitive matches. He will go to a good club, in a good league and have the chance to play. He can then come back to us even better next season and be ready to kick on again.”